Max Verstappen beats out McLaren to top spot in Japan final practice

McLaren look set to be the only team capable of mounting any sort of challenge to Red Bull in qualifying later today.

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Max Verstappen made it a clean sweep of the practice sessions ahead of the Japanese GP in FP3 as the Red Bull driver looks to bounce back from a disappointing race in Singapore.

The Dutchman has looked in dominant form so far this weekend, and he again topped final practice with a time of 1:30.267, two tenths ahead of the McLaren pair of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri, who led a tight battle behind for best of the rest.

Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez was seven tenths back in fourth, ahead of the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, with the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell following close behind.

Fernando Alonso was ninth for Aston Martin as he looks to move on from a disaster Singapore GP of his own, with Zhou Gunayu rounding out the top 10 for Alfa Romeo.

Elsewhere Yuki Tsunoda could only manage 14th for AlphaTauri on the day the home hero was confirmed in his seat for 2024, while Alpine continued to struggle towards the back of the grid.

Where can I watch the 2023 Japanese GP?

For viewers in the UK, every session of the 2023 Japanese GP will be shown live on Sky Sports F1, with highlights on Channel 4.

Meanwhile, if you are in the USA, every session will be shown across ESPN

F1 fans in Australia will be able to catch all the action on Fox Sports, while those in Canada can watch on TSN.

Matt Neill
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With years of experience in the motorsports field and Matt Neill founded Total-Motorsport.com to give clarity and more depth to the digital F1 landscape.
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